Frank Oberle, Jr.

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The Honourable
Frank Oberle
MLA for Peace River
Assumed office
Preceded by Gary Friedel
Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security
In office
Preceded by Fred Lindsay
Succeeded by Jonathan Denis
Minister of Sustainable Resource Development
In office
Preceded by Mel Knight
Succeeded by Diana McQueen
Minister of Aboriginal Relations
Assumed office
Preceded by Robin Campbell
Personal details
Born (1957-10-27) October 27, 1957 (age 56)
Ashcroft, British Columbia
Political party Progressive Conservative
Residence Peace River, Alberta
Alma mater University of New Brunswick
Occupation Professional forester

Frank Edward Oberle, Jr. (born October 27, 1957) is a Canadian politician and currently is the Minister of Aboriginal Relations for the province of Alberta, representing the provincial constituency of Peace River as a Progressive Conservative.

Early life[edit]

Oberle was born in Ashcroft, British Columbia. He studied forest resource technology at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George in 1980. In 1988, he obtained a bachelor of science in forestry from the University of New Brunswick. Oberle won the Governor General's award (gold medal) in forestry, the highest university achievement in 1988.

Oberle worked for Daishowa-Marubeni International Ltd. from 1988 until his election in 2004, first as a management forester and, subsequently, as senior forestry advisor. He is a registered professional forester (RPF) with the College of Professional Foresters (CAPF).

Oberle's father, Frank Oberle, Sr., served as the Member of Parliament for Prince George—Peace River from 1972 to 1993. Frank Oberle Sr. served as the Minister of State for Science and Technology and, later, the Minister of Forestry under Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.

Political career[edit]

Oberle was first elected as MLA for Peace River in the 2004 provincial election with 55 per cent of the vote. During his first term, he served as a member of the Agenda and Priorities Committee, the Standing Committee on Resources and Environment, the Cabinet Policy Committee on Resources and the Environment, and the Energy Council. Oberle also served as chief government whip and deputy chair of the Members Services Committee prior to his appointment to cabinet.

Oberle was elected to a second term representing the constituency of Peace River in the 2008 provincial election, receiving 65 per cent of the vote. He currently serves as chief government whip. Oberle also serves as the deputy chair of the Special Standing Committee on Members Services and is a member of the Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing Committee. He was Solicitor General and Minister of Public Security from 2010 to 2011, Minister of Sustainable Resource Development from 2011 to 2012, and Minister of Aboriginal Relations from 2013 to present.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Oberle lives with his wife Debbie in Peace River. The couple has two children, Kevin and Sadie. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, woodworking, and river boating.[2]

Election results[edit]

2012 Alberta general election Turnout % Swing
Affiliation Candidate Votes % Party Personal
     Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle 4,334 55.67% %
     Wildrose Alan Forsyth 2,213 28.43% %
     NDP Wanda Laurin 729 9.36% % *
     Liberal Remi Tardif 509 6.54% % *
Total 7,785 100%
Rejected Ballots '
Eligible Electors
     Swing %
2008 Alberta general election results ( Peace River ) Turnout 28.5%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle 3,264 65%
     Wildrose Alliance Georg Beinert 540 11%
     NDP Adele Boucher Rymhs 1,245 25%
2004 Alberta general election results ( Peace River ) Turnout 30.7%
Affiliation Candidate Votes %
     Progressive Conservative Frank Oberle 2,884 54.9%
     Liberal Adam Bourque 1,092 20.8%
     Alberta Alliance Gerry Checknita 537 10.2%
     NDP Stephen Crocker 546 10.4%
     Social Credit Patsy Lindberg 194 3.7%


  1. ^ "Premier Alison Redford shuffles cabinet". CBC News. December 6, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Oberle's Legislative Assembly of Alberta biography". 

External links[edit]

Alberta Provincial Government of Ed Stelmach
Cabinet Posts (2)
Predecessor Office Successor
Fred Lindsay Minister of Public Security
Fred Lindsay Solicitor General